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Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education

Inspire a love of learning. You’ll learn about children's growth from birth through age five and prepare to work in preschools, Head Start programs or childcare centers.

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What Is Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education?


Our mission is to provide services that will enhance IECE student growth and foster learning, promoting student success by breaking down barriers to personal and professional development so that the children in our students’ care will receive a quality, developmentally appropriate early childhood education. We lay a foundation of learning in the Early Childhood field by providing an understanding of the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development of young children. Opportunities to apply this knowledge in practical experiences are incorporated in a curriculum that encompasses developmental ages and stages, health and safety, diversity and inclusion, curriculum planning, assessment, and family involvement. The underlying philosophy of our program is that nurturers must be nurtured.

Conceptual Framework

Just as we cannot teach a child’s mind while ignoring the physical and social/emotional needs, we cannot produce nurturers who will perform at their optimum level in a physically, mentally, and emotionally draining job if we have neglected their needs.

Therefore, we are committed to breaking down barriers to personal and professional growth by collaborating with colleagues to see that support services are available for students. At the same time, we work tirelessly to set and uphold high standards and to maintain our reputation in the community and in our partnerships as a quality program that prepares candidates to meet the needs of children by upholding the NAEYC standards of excellence.

Our courses and outcomes reflect this commitment:

Our Battle Cry - "Nurture Nurturers by breaking Down Barriers!"

What are my career options?

This program offers a variety of choices for people seeking entry-level jobs as well as those who are currently employed in early childhood settings.

Employment opportunities are available in public and private preschools, early care educational settings, early intervention programs, Head Start, hospitals, campus child development centers, rehabilitation clinics, and recreation centers.

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?


  • Associate in Applied Science in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education


  • IECE Diploma


  • Child Care Assistant
  • Early Childhood Administrator
  • School Age Child Care
  • KY Early Childhood Certificate
  • IECE Technical

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Additional Information

Kentucky Child Care Provider: 3 Total credit hours
Child Care Assistant: 9 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Early Childhood Administrator: 12 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
School Age Child Care: 15 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education Technical Studies: 63 - 67 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education: 63 - 67 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

Length of Program

The program can be completed in two years if you take 15 to 18 credit hours per semester. General education classes should be taken along with curriculum classes.

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.

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Program Contact

Shannon Hankins

Program Coordinator